Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Advisories

As we educate the whole child, we recognize that Middle School is a special time in a child’s education. There is opportunity for personal growth and academic challenge, desire for both comfort and elbow room, need for adult advocacy and growing independence. Every Seven Hills student participates in a small mixed-grade advisory group - 8 Middle School students and an educator/advisor who meet twice each week of the school year.
 
The purpose of advisories is to provide:

  • a place of comfort, a place to feel at home and belong
  • a one-to-one relationship between advisor and advisee for the purpose of communication and direction
  • a staff member who has a thorough knowledge of the student’s strengths, weaknesses, needs and personal growth
  • an adult advocate
  • communications with parents
  • a primary contact for students, parents, and other teachers
  • peer problem-solving and support opportunities in a small group setting
  • cross-grade social contact
  • an overview of a student’s school experience

Our operating axioms are:

  • Advisors are educators with an affinity for the Middle School child and have an understanding of adolescent development
  • Groups are crafted with extensive input from all past and participating educators
  • Groups balance gender and age
  • Social/emotional training gives students a way to recognize, understand, and choose how to think, feel and act
  • Groups deepen their service learning by working on community service projects
Advisory is a cool place to talk with friends about school and what is happening in your life – we have deeper discussions without judgment.  Your advisor is an advocate you can go to at any time. - Caroline S, Middle School student

Did you know?

Middle School advisories are mixed-age groups of 8 students and an educator/advisor who meet twice each week.